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Floor And House Cleaning Tips

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Hello, friends and hopefully future clients of Mel Cleaning’s London floor cleaning services!

Just with the help of our feet we drag dirt from the street about a dozen times a day.

Unless you have only one type of floor throughout, you need to get used to the fact that you have to clean all kinds of hard-surface floors. The first thing you need to know is what your floor is made of, because what works great for one surface might make terrible damage to another.


Asphalt Tile Floors

Asphalt may be pliable, substances such as oil, grease, solvents, strong soaps as well as scouring can bring much damage to the surface.


  • All you need to do to avoid a throughout weekly cleaning is just damp-mop the asphalt floor once a week.
  • Your cleaner needs to withstand damp-moping. If that is not the case, reapply it anyway. To keep your floor shiny use a cup of fabric softener diluted in water.
  • Don’t’ use too much water, it can seep into the seams and loosen the adhesives holding the tiles.


Brick Floors

Porous brick floor need a lot of care, we all know that. To seal the floor, you have to use solvent-base wax. The wax buildup can be stripped by water-base polish.

Sealed and wax – that is the best care for your brick floor. The proper choice for you is a commercial sealer for bricks, but not lacquer neither varnish.

  • To prevent dirt building up on the floor, you have to damp-mop after vacuuming. You can use 1 cup of vinegar mixed with water; your floor will not even need polishing.
  • To avoid stripping your floor, the best solution is solvent-based wax. You can apply a solvent-base polish over a water-base polish, but the problem is water-based polish is not possible to be applied over solvent-base polish.
  • Using a wax-stripping product you can remove wax buildup with the help of a floor-scrubbing machine or a scrub brush. After you apply the stripper make sure to rinse the floor.


Ceramic Tile Floors

The well known glazed ceramic is stain proof, but that doesn’t apply to unglazed ceramic tile. That tile is porous and needs sealing in order for it to resist stains. It’s better to use a water-base wax and a commercial sealer.

  • There is a high probability of damaging the surface, so it’s wise not to use harsh abrasives
  • Don’t use strong soaps, acids, or abrasives
  • Use an all-purpose cleaner to damp-mop the floor, after which dry it with a soft cloth.
  • Use car wax to make your walls and countertops sparkle. Don’t forget to buff after 10 minutes.
  • Each year strip the wax buildup and rewax. After you apply the stripper rinse the floor.


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